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C a roly n Bec k
To M., who picked Me . —c.B.
To My ador aBle daughTer , Zoe . M ay This sTory never happen To you . —B.h.
Richard was a picker. He would pick and pick and pick. His neighbors called him B oo ger His best friends called him Rick.
B o y.
Heâ€™d stick his finger up his snout and prod and pry and scoop stuff out. He stretched the gooey slimy strings into loops and swingy things. From the crumbles, gobs and ooze he sculpted castles, farms and zoos.
Jelly yellows and gooky whites made robots, trains and satellites. Globby browns and clabbery greens built airports, towns and submarines.
Then one day as he dug about, Richardâ€™s finger would NOT come out!
He pulled, he tugged, he grasped and gripped, but up, up, UP his finger slipped! One knuckle, two knuckles, then all three. “Oh, no,” said Richard.
“How can thith be?” He tried a yank, a jerk, a twist. In went his hand up to his wrist! “Help!” he honked in puzzled alarm.
S n ort! Richard’s nose sucked up his arm.
Text copyright © 2010 Carolyn Beck Illustrations copyright © 2010 Ben Hodson All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Beck, Carolyn Richard was a picker / written by Carolyn Beck ; illustrated by Ben Hodson. Also available in an electronic format. isbn 978-1-55469-088-6 I. Hodson, Ben II. Title. ps8553.e2949r53 2010 jc813’.6
First published in the United States, 2010 Library of Congress Control Number: 2010928728 Summary: Richard’s nose-picking leads to trouble when he gets sucked up inside his own nose and can’t get out.
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